Who's Who Humanitarian

Chief Lydia A. Hwitsum, JD

Title: Chief
Company: Cowichan Tribes
Location: Duncan, British Columbia, Canada


  • Assembly of First Nations, National Women’s Council (board of directors)
  • BC First Nations Fisheries Council
  • BC First Nations’ Justice Council
  • First Nations Health Authority (chair, board of directors)
  • First Nations Market Housing Fund (chair, board of trustees)
  • First Nations Summit Society (political executive)
  • First Nations Water Caucus
  • International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development (board of directors)
  • Organization of American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (presenter)
  • Royal Roads University (board of governors)
  • United Nations Permanent Forum on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (presenter)
  • University of Victoria


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2024)
  • Honoree, Who’s Who of Professional Women, Marquis Who’s Who (2024)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Victoria
  • Recipient, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal

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